UN "deeply alarmed" over Aleppo violence

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Destruction in the ancient city of Aleppo, Syria. File Photo: UNESCO

Escalating violence in and around Aleppo city in Syria has been described as "deeply alarming" by two senior UN officials.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Yacoub El Hillo and Kevin Kennedy, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis released a joint statement on Wednesday.

Before the recent spike in violence, 10,000 to 30,000 people had fled the area between January and June because of increased insecurity.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Since 7 July, heavy clashes between government forces and rebel groups have blocked access to the only road leading in and out of eastern Aleppo city. 

Government and Kurdish forces have since then reportedly gained control of the majority of Castello road, cutting off humanitarian, commercial and civilian movement in and out of that part of the city. 

An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people are now closer to the line of fire and are at risk of besiegement. 

Airstrikes by government forces in rural Aleppo have reportedly led to civilian deaths while hundreds of mortars and shells were launched in western Aleppo in the past week. 

The UN has called on all parties to the conflict to end indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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